National University




National University Awarded Grant of $1,967,265 by U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition

May 29, 2012

  • National University to provide professional development for California teachers working with students with limited English proficiency
  • National University will partner with seven California school districts
  • Grant titled “Project Moving Forward”

Sacramento and San Bernardino, Calif.National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th-largest in the United States, has received a grant for its School of Education from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition in the amount of $1,967,265 over the next five years, the University announced today.

The purpose of the grant, titled “Project Moving Forward,” is to provide professional development for teachers so that they can improve their instruction of students with limited English proficiency. The grant also will allow National University’s School of Education to assist Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education personnel who work with students with limited English skills in meeting the new Common Core State Standards adopted by California.

Dr. Linda Ventriglia-Navarette of National University’s Department of Teacher Education will serve as the Project Director. Dr. Ventriglia-Navarette and National University will work with seven California school districts to provide professional development opportunities for their teachers and administrators. The school districts participating in the project are:

  • Esparto Unified School District
  • Hemet Unified School District
  • Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • Roseville Joint Union High School District
  • San Bernardino City Unified School District
  • Woodland Joint Unified School District
  • Yolo County Office of Education

The goal of the project is to improve the effectiveness of teachers and administrators who provide leadership at program improvement schools with 40 percent or more of English learners through the attainment of a Certificate in Best Practices with a specialization in Accelerated Academic English Learning. The project also will seek to improve the effectiveness of content area instruction for all teachers serving English learners, including those teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

For more information about National University’s School of Education, visit http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/SchoolOfEducation.html. Dr. Ventriglia-Navarette can be contacted at (916) 855-4119 or via email at lventrig@nu.edu.

ABOUT NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th-largest in the United States. With 22,000 full-time students and 129,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college – the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering, Technology and Media; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 22 teacher credentials at more than 45 locations throughout California and across the nation. A leader in online education, National University offers more than 70 degree programs via the Internet. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit www.nu.edu.

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